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JAMMU: To arrest the trend of traffic accidents and ensure effective traffic management in the State, the State Government for the first time released Rs 8 crore under Road Safety Fund.
This information was given at a high-level meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Transport, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, here on Friday.
The meeting was attended by IGP Traffic, Alok Kumar, Additional Transport Commissioner, Ajaz Abdullah, Additional Secretary Transport, Ashok Kumar, Additional Secretary Technical (Police), R K Bhat, Additional Secretary, PWD Technical Mushtaq Ahmed, Director Finance Transport, Mahesh Kumar, RTO Jammu, Deep Raj and other officers.
RTO Kashmir Ahmudullah Tak, ARTO Kathua, R K Thappa also participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
The initiative is in tune with the directions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety which has called for establishment of non-lapsable Road Safety Fund in the States.
Threadbare discussion was held in the meeting regarding the effective utilization of fund for different activities and purchase of equipment for road safety measures.
The meeting decided to release Rs 2.5 crore for establishment of traffic and design wings in Transport Commissioner’s office at Srinagar and Jammu for effective planning of traffic management in Kashmir and Jammu regions. For mobile checking of pollution standards of vehicles, Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for purchasing smoke meters/ gas analyzers, tyre depth gauges, route survey etc.
To create awareness regarding traffic rules, Rs one lakh has been released to each Regional Transport commissioners, Assistant Transport Commissioner for conducting activities and programmes regarding road safety in their respective areas.
For enforcing traffic discipline and checking violations on the roads, Rs 1 crore has been earmarked for fabrication of interceptor on a vehicle. The other accessories and equipment which would be part of the vehicle include roof light bar with siren, cordless mike, One KVA with light bar with siren, cord less Mike, Speed hunter -III plus-speed laser gun, breath alcohol analyzer and others.
Road Safety Fund has provision for allocation of expenditure for implementation of road safety related schemes, programmes, projects, purchase and installation of equipment and devises connected with road safety, conduct of studies, projects and research on matters relating to road safety, trauma-care programmes or activities, etc
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